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A case of constructional polysemy in Latin

By Laura A. Michaelis

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In this paper, I will examine the syntactic and semantic properties of a Latin correlative construction, the so-called comparative conditional. I will investigate the extent to which this construction inherits its formal and interpretive features from constructions needed independently in the grammar. While the syntactic properties of the comparative conditional are highly motivated, the semantics of the construction is idiosyncratic: there is evidence to indicate that the construction is polysemous, having two related scalar interpretations. 0. Introduction 1 The construction at issue is the Latin manifestation of a form-meaning pairing that is readily identifiable cross-linguistically, but has only recently captured the attention of linguistic theorists. Following McCawley (1988), I will refer to this construction as the comparative conditional. With respec

Year: 1994
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